THE MINUTES OF MEETING BETWEEN THE JAPAN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AGENCY AND MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH AND SPORT ON JAPANESE TECHNICAL COOPERATION UNDER  THE JICA PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM FOR REGIONAL CONTRIBUTION MODEL WHICH MAINLY AIMS AT FACTORY MANAGEMENT WITH TOKUSHIMA TECHNOLOGY AND THE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT CAPACITIES OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN CAMBODIA-JAPAN FRIENDSHIP MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL IN PREAH SDACH DISTRICT, PREY VENG PROVINCE, CAMBODIA

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (hereinafter referred to as “JICA”) exchanged views and had a series of discussions through the JICA Cambodia Office with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (hereinafter referred to as “MoEYS”) for the purpose of working out the details of activities and measures to be taken by JICA and MoEYS concerning the regional contribution model which mainly aims at factory management with Tokushima technology and the product development capabilities of high shchool students (hereinafter referred to as the “Project”), which will be implemented in collaboration with Tokushima Prefecture under the JICA Partnership Program. As a result of the discussions, both sides agreed to implement as the following:

                        JICA Partnership Program Outline (Regional Economy Vitalization)

         Project Proposal Overview

  1. Country: Cambodia
  1. Project Title: Establishment of School Management Using Product Development by Students in Cambodia-Japan Friendship Middle and High School
  1. Project Background/Need:

          Tokushima Prefectural Tokushima Commercial High School provides a unique commercial education                 Cambodia-Japan Middle and High School. Noticeably, Tokushima Commercial High School has also                 created an organization, NPO Tokushima Okara Kobo, which develops and sells their products in the                market. This organization has been run by the students in this commercial school.

           Despite the fact that the students of the Cambodia-Japan Friendship Middle and High School                            (Friendship School) have a high level of Japanese language, many of graduates have a hard time                    finding employment opportunity.

With the sudden increase in students, there is an urgent need to improve the school’s financial                          situation.

We decided to embark on this project after receiving an official request from Mr. Kong Vorn, initiative                founder of Cambodia-Japan Friendship school to teach teachers and students in regard to commercial            education and environmental education in order to receive funds to support poor students and teachers            at Cambodia-Japan Friendship School.

  1. Product Goal: To conduct various courses, including “product development” courses at Friendship School and sell the products that have been developed through these classes in order to cover operating costs of the school.
  1. Target Area: Preah Sdach District, Prey Veng Province, Cambodia
  1. Beneficiaries: 48 Cambodia-Japan Friendship School instructors (major beneficiaries 15), approximately 1,620 students (major beneficiaries 70)
  1. JICA’s Initiatives and Expected Outcomes

“Outcomes”

  • Preparing a learning environment that allows for product development
  • Working together with companies to secure a market to sell the products

“Initiatives”

  • Preparing the training facilities
  • Training future instructors
  • Creating instructional textbooks
  • Forming a product development team
  • Working together with Tokushima Commercial high school to jointly developed products

2-1 Training individuals who would coordinate with companies

2-2 Building cooperative relations with companies

This project outline has been finalized and finished in 1 November 2016.

Although the project outline of Establishment of School Management Using Product Development by Students in Cambodia-Japan Friendship Middle and High School has been finished without any fruitful results yet, students at Cambodia-Japan Friendship School and Tokushima Commercial High School have conducted study methods and found new formulas in producing better quality products. One among which is how to produce steamed buns that contain mango, jack-fruit and other fruit flavors and those fruits can be found in Cambodia. To make these steamed buns sweet, palm sugar will be used and it will be found in Kompong Chhnang and Kompong Speu, provinces in Cambodia.

Additionally, NPO Tokushima Okara Kobo, Tokushima Commercial High School and Government of Tokushima Prefecture have sent their food development experts who have developed many different products to come to Cambodia to train teachers and students at Cambodia-Japan Friendship School and to further discuss on building school management system that focuses on Product Management Capacities of Friendship School’s students.

After the discussion, teachers and students from Friendship School have come up with new ideas in producing ice-cream and they also have their own plans to cooperate with other companies by themselves. After the ice-cream was produced, it was tested and shown in food exhibition so that villagers in the targeted area could taste it. Consequently, those people really loved the ice-cream. We, therefore, can say that the first step of our project has been fulfilled.

However, we have to construct a factory and produce food products there to gather funds to support our school. Meanwhile, we also have to create clear sills locally. Nowadays, there are lots of companies that produce products with low sanitation and lack of international standards which make them unable to exports those products abroad. Considering that, those companies have to conduct further research on how to produce products with high sanitation, so that they can meet the international standards and export to countries, such as Vietnam, Thailand and Japan.

The duration of this project is from 2016-2019. While Friendship School and this factory produce food products for Prey Veng Province, this activity will create a number of jobs there and it will lead to increasing income for teachers, students and people who work in the factory.

For appendix in 2019, there will be three products selling in the market. Students who study about business and can contribute back to the society will be able to successfully graduate from the Friendship School.

Initiatives and expected outcomes:

  • Establish a factory on Friendship School’s campus, size 20m x 20m facilitated by Food Development Technology from Tokushima
  • Ensure a good system of product distribution and selling agencies
  • Guarantee that the school management is independent
  • To increase the number of students who used to get educated in vocational training schools and used to work in the factory before and now are able to work in this factory
  • Cambodia-Japan Friendship Middle and High School will become a model school to other school in the country
  • Determine to know how to produce, how to process and how manage product development so that it will meet international high standards
  • Students who graduate from Friendship School will be prioritized to work in this factory, especially those who are poor and are not able to pursue their studies in college.

 

Original Outline by JICA

Edited by Kong Vorn, Founder and Head of Board Directors Cambodia-Japan Friendship Middle and High School